FCC Seeks Comment on Ritron’s 6.25 KHz Equipment Delay Request (11/30/12)
Friday, November 30, 2012 | Comments

The commission is seeking comment on a petition filed by Ritron, a two-way radio manufacturer, asking for an indefinite delay in implementing 6.25-kilohertz narrowbanding rules for VHF and UHF equipment authorizations.

Comments are due Dec. 10, and reply comments are due Dec. 17.

Section 90.203(j)(5) of the FCC’s Rules provide that, after Jan. 1, 2011, the commission will no longer accept applications for certification of Part 90 equipment in the 150 – 174 MHz and 450 – 512 MHz bands that cannot operate in a 6.25-kilohertz mode or with equivalent efficiency. In 2010, the FCC temporarily waived this requirement until Jan. 1, 2013, to avoid any impediment to VHF and UHF licensees’ migration to 12.5-kilohertz technology by the same date.

Ritron said that no 6.25-kilohertz standards are in place and that requiring small manufacturers to comply would impede competition without benefitting users. The vendor also said 6.25-kilohertz narrowbanding should be delayed until a real need is established for private land mobile radio (PLMR) frequencies beyond the spectrum created by the transition to 12.5-kilohertz channels, technology exists to allow the transition’s benefits to outweigh the associated costs for manufacturers, and a standard emerges that uses a more cost-effective vocoder than current offerings.

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